Bulletproof Coffee, hype or hoax?

COFFEE WITH A SCOOP OF FATTY BUTTER….?

So, sounds disgusting right, I am right there with you. I first heard about it about four years ago. I was stationed at Naval Special Warfare and worked alongside Navy SEALS (sweet gig, I know). Obviously these guys are some of the most fit men in the world. They are part of an elite team and work out constantly when they aren’t deployed. So when they came into work before their morning workout/swim and threw some BUTTER in their coffee, I was super confused. Turns out, its a thing people do all over the world. It is actually a recipe that makes total sense when you break it down. A bonus is that if you are hooked to sugars and creams in your coffee, this will eliminate the need for it.

Brief Background:

The recipe for bulletproof coffee is credited to Dave Asprey, who pairs it with his bulletproof diet. I am not going to get into all that, I  am just here to talk about the coffee but this guy is making bank now with his books and swag all based off the simple idea of coffee and butter!

Coffee:

To begin with, coffee alone is good for you. There has been countless research done to show coffee prevents some major diseases, great for brain function, loaded with antioxidants, burns fat and is good for your liver. So lets step it up a notch and talk “bulletproof.”

What’s the point of Bulletproof Coffee:

SUPRESSES HUNGER

– The Octane Oil balances your hunger hormones and will keep you full UNTIL LUNCH!

 

BOOSTS ENERGY LEVELS

-The saturated fat that comes from the tablespoon of grass-fed butter will naturally slow down the absorption of the caffeine. Meaning your energy levels will last several hours instead of that immediate punch of energy that runs out quickly, forcing you to drink another cup (or ten). Bonus, no jitters!

INCREASES BRAIN FUNCTION/HEALTH

-The MCT oil converts to ketones, which in layman’s terms is a molecule that your brain uses better than carbs or sugar. Sooooo, pair ketones with the slow release of caffeine and your brain turns “on” and functions better.

WEIGHT LOSS

– Ketones also boost your metabolic rate, decrease the amount of fat you store, and burn the fat you already have.

Still into it right, so lets break it down a bit further.

The Butter:

So lets talk facts about this fatty butter. Our whole lives we are told low fat, low carb, fat free, sugar free. I have done multiple diets and I am sure if you are reading this you have as well. They are basically BS though, as far as keeping you healthy.

SIDE NOTE: I am not a nutritionist and far from fit. I am 10 weeks post partum with my second baby and am just beginning my journey back to healthy. I need to drop the baby weight and am battling some minor health issues of my own and I am attempting to combat it as naturally as possible. I have been doing my research and dappling into some “hippie” health hacks and am sharing with you the facts that I have gathered. If you do a quick google search you will find out the same stuff. If its sugar free, fat-free, man-made and tastes good, what the hell is it? It’s a good question right? I mean whats in it!? The best thing I have learned on my very short health journey so far is, LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS.  The fewer ingredients the better. Can you pronounce them? Do you know what they are? Does the first ingredient relate to what you are THINK you are eating?

Ok, back to the butta.

Guys, turns out butter is not PC and all butter is not created equal.

What is grass-fed butter?  JUST THAT, its literally butter made from the milk of cows that graze on grass. Simple concept, right? The alternative? Butter that comes from cows who feed on things like soy grains and corn.

Grass-fed butter is higher in essential nutrients. Let me break it down. Your body naturally craves that goooood fat for things like hormonal balance and overall good brain health. A few other things fatty, delicious butter contains is omega 3 fatty acids, beta, carotene, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and antioxidants.

Another perk is that grass fed butter is high in something call butyrate which from my brief research is short-chain fatty acid (huh) that can both prevent AND decrease inflammation. As I am sure many of you already know inflammation is the cause for so many problems for so many people it has been linked to everything from cancer to depression. Cut out the inflammation, feel better. Simple. It overall makes your gut work right and is important for people with diseases from autoimmunity to obesity to colon cancer.

Let’s Wrap It Up:

If you read about bulletproof coffee the claims are unreal. It has been found to prevent the brain from Alzheimer’s disease (something close to my heart and a large fear for not only myself but loved ones), prevention of Parkinson’s disease and helps prevent diabetes (another disease I am passionate about and want nothing to do with).

So give it a try, seriously what the worst thing that could happen, you don’t like it? I bet you have all the ingredients on hand, just do it!

Recipe:

2 Cups Coffee (I would recommend good quality, organic coffee but whatever you have on hand will work)

2 Tablespoons unsalted grass-fed butter (I use Kerrygold)

1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (or MCT Oil to do it right)

Put your warm coffee in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and throw all the goods in and run it for a few seconds until it’s frothy.

That’s it.

Kick It Up A Notch:

Feeling really fancy and want the ultimate cup of joe to start the day?

Add a scoop of Collagen Peptides (everyone I follow recommends Vital Proteins) and if you’re into all those potions throw in a teaspoon of your favorite Sun Potion.

*** I will do a separate post about being a newbie in that whole new world soon!

This is super basic guys, its like a latte (but with a ton of health benefits) and you can get as decadent as you want. Add in nut milk, vanilla, cinnamon or matcha. Start with the plain jane recipe and experiment as you go!

Cheers,

Geneva

 

 

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